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Middlewest Fest Preview: Shy Technology

A band the jumped out at me while scrolling and playing through the Middlewest line-up was Shy Technology. This four piece band has been together for awhile, and released their debut ep The Waltz back 2009. However, it was their debut full-length, We The Instruments that has really solidified this band for me. The bands plays an energetic form of indie rock that is slightly dark at times. On my favorite track from their album, "Just Us" they actually remind of a basement version of Interpol.

Shy Technology is a band to watch, and a band to check out at Middlewest when they play on Friday at Otto's Nightclub at 8:10pm.



The Giving Tree Band recently unveiled their music video for "Circles," the single of their forthcoming album The Joke, The Threat & The Obvious.

To celebrate the release of their new album The Giving Tree Band will headline a hometown show at the House of Blues in Chicago this Friday September 10th.


The Return of Epitonic

I am confident that my appreciation and understanding of music would be no where near what it is today if it was not for the website Epitonic. The site launched in 1999 and I wish I could remember how I stumbled upon it, but it was my musical bible from '99 to 2002. The site predated many of today's popular music sites, and was also structured differently. The key to epitonic was related artist discovery somewhat like Pandora today, but with much more underground atheistic. The best utilization of the site, and the way I spent hours and hours, was through searching through the similar artists of your favorite bands or genres. Everyday I found myself downloading (through dial-up) a cd's worth of new music to listen to.

One of the co-founders of Epitonic was Justin Sinkovich who currently is in the band The Poison Arrows and runs File 13 Records. The site disappeared in 2004, but now Justin is looking to relaunch this influential service. Since Justin lives in Chicago the relaunch party will be here this Fall. However, he first needs to raise some funds to finance the relaunch. You can visit his kickstarter page for more info and to get involved.

In the meantime he has put the site back back online for everyone to browse the archives.


Middlewest Fest Preview: Breathe Electric

Middlewest Fest takes place in Dekalb, IL on Sept. 10th and 11th and features some of the best Midwestern bands including Maps & Atlases, Russian Circles, Smoking Popes, Dr. Manhattan, Felix Culpa and many more. With such a large collection of talent we thought we would highlight a different band each day leading up to the fest.

Breathe Electric is primarily the work of Grant Harris who set put in 2007 to crafted listener friendly dance-pop and has done just that over four EPs. His most recent release is June's Lovestruck EP (Alliance Music Management). When Breathe Electric performs live the band expands into a full band. Musically, Lovestruck is filled with big hooks and catchy lyrics, and seems to have been tailored to make you dance. Breathe Electric spent the summer as part of the Vans Warped Tour, and will be traveling across country again this fall.

Breathe Electric will be performing at SMLTWN Skateshop (229 E. Lincoln Hwy) on Saturday (9/11) at 8:40pm as part of Middlewest Fest in Dekalb, IL.


Gemini Club

Before the summer completely fades you should check out the fun indie-electro sounds of Gemini Club. This trio has been floating around the city for the last few years, and have released several quality remixes and an ep called Future Tidings last year. Next month they will be releasing a new single called "Ghost" that will feature six remixes by Hey Champ, Only Children, Midnight Conspiracy, and others.

Gemini Club is playing a special release show at The Metro on September 24th where attendees will be able to grab a physical copy of the release for one night only. The night will include Hey Champ (DJ SET), Only Children, Midnight Conspiracy, Team Bayside High, Kid Color, and will be hosted by Moneypenny.



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